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This $5 River Shuttle Takes You From Montreal To 5 Gorgeous Islands With A Secret Bayou

The river shuttle is the only way to access the islands via public transit.
This $5 River Shuttle Takes You From Montreal To 5 Gorgeous Islands With A Secret Bayou

The City of Montreal announced that the river shuttle between Promenade du Parc Bellerive and Charron Island will be back as of July 1 after being closed last summer due to COVID-19. 

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Why is this such good news? It's the only method of public transit you can use to access parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville, a gorgeous group of five little islands in the middle of the Saint-Lawrence River with a secret bayou

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That's right, you don't need to travel to Louisiana for a bayou-like experience.

SEPAQ describes the Chenal du Courant as "the bayou just a stone’s throw from Montréal!" and says you can rent a kayak or canoe on (or bring your own) to explore the 8-kilometre channel alongside an "amazing marsh" with birds, mammals and fish. 

The Montréal Mercier river shuttle leaves from Promenade Bellerive Quay. The 20-minute ride costs $5 per adult for a one-way trip.

The service will operate on weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from July 1 to September 6.

Daily access to the park is $9 per adult plus there are additional fees if you rent equipment. 

River Shuttle To Parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville

Price: $5 per adult for a one-way trip; Daily access to the park is $9 per adult plus additional fees for equipment rentals

When: July 1 to September 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Address: The shuttle departs from 8300, rue Bellerive, Montreal, QC